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We offer 3 types of transparent sticker stocks:
2. Super Gloss Transparent
3. Super Matte Transparent
The main difference between these is that Super Gloss Transparent and Super Matte Transparent are available with 2 specialty inks: white and metallic silver.
What is the turnaround time?
Our Transparent stickers have a 1 business day production time, and Super Gloss / Matte Transparent stickers with white ink take 2 business days.
Same Day Service
If you need an Online PDF proof, you will need to be place your order before our proof approval cut-off time of 9:30 AM PST. Please keep in mind that improper files may delay the proofing process and all online PDF proofs are created manually by our Prepress Team. As such we highly recommend to have proper print-ready files uploaded to your order no later than 9:00 AM PST to allow enough time for you to receive, review and approve your proof.
Approving Your Proof
If you have requested an Online PDF Proof, this needs to be approved by 9:30 AM PST for your order to be produced the same day. Proofs approved after the cut-off time will not be guaranteed completion the same day and may be ready the next business day at the latest.
All Same Day service products are produced at our Vancouver location only. If you meet our Same Day service cut-off time, we will produce the order in its entirety and have it ready for pickup at our Vancouver location by 4:00 PM PST or earlier (we close at 5:30 PM PST).
Same Day service orders for pickup at our Toronto location will be express shipped and be ready for pickup the next business day.
You will receive a Pickup Confirmation email when your order is ready for pickup. Please wait to receive this before arriving to our office.
Delivery time is not included in the Same Day service schedule; and this will vary by location and the shipping method you select. We only guarantee complete production of your order if you meet our cut-off time.
How do colors show up on transparent stickers?
Due to the translucent quality of ink, when printed over a transparent stock, the colors will be see-through and will look a lot lighter than they do when viewed on screen.
The surface which your transparent sticker will be placed on will greatly affect the overall appearance of the printed image. For example, when a transparent sticker is adhered to a white surface, the colors will appear more vibrant, opaque and closer to how they look in your proof. If the sticker is placed over a dark colored or patterned surface , it will reduce the visibility of your printed design. Additionally, when a transparent sticker is placed on a clear glass or a window, the colors can appear very light and will be the most see-through.
Overall, we recommend using dark colors when designing for transparent stickers and to avoid light colors as these will appear more translucent when printed and reduce the visibility of your printed artwork.
Alternatively, consider adding a white ink underlay to enhance the colors and visibility of your design. White ink is only available on our Super Matte Transparent or Super Gloss Transparent stocks.
Can you print white ink on transparent stickers?
We can print white ink on 2 of our transparent stocks: Super Gloss Transparent and Super Matte Transparent. You can order this directly from our White Ink Stickers product page.
Can I order transparent sticker sheets?
Yes, you can order this item from our Sticker Sheets page. Sticker sheets are a fun and convenient alternative to print multiple designs on a single sheet. You can maximize the entire sheet by printing more than one image. This means no limits to your creativity, each sticker can vary in size and shape! These are also ideal for smaller stickers such as 1" - 2" because cut of the stickers allows for a super easy-to-peel experience.
The smallest sticker sheet we can print is 4" x 6" and largest is 50" x 50". However, below are the most popular sizes:
- 4" x 6"
- 5" x 7"
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- 8.5" x 11"
If your stickers are custom shaped, you will need to provide the cut line(s) for each shape. We will normally provide the first custom cut line for free, but if your sticker sheet will have multiple custom shaped stickers, we will require you to provide the cut lines (at least for the additional designs after the first one).
Note that we will do the imposition of the stickers on the sheet, so we will only need you to provide your artwork and cut line file(s).
For guidance, please explore the articles and tools below:
- Design Considerations for Sticker Sheets
- How to Create a Die Cut Sticker with a Kiss Cut in Illustrator in 7 Quick Steps
- Custom Sticker Maker
If your stickers are rectangle, square, circle or oval, we can set up the cut line for you at no cost. Simply upload your design to your order and we'll take care of the rest. However, please ensure to review our design considerations for sticker sheets beforehand.
For assistance on proper file setup, email email@example.com.
Are transparent stickers available in rolls?
Currently, we offer sticker rolls in Soft Matte and High Gloss, none of which are transparent. The stickers (and inks) are waterproof, tear resistant and are meant for indoor use. Available in any custom shape with a minimum shape of 1" x 1" to a maximum image size of 8" x 8". Click here to shop & for more details!
How do transparent stickers compare to other vinyl stickers?
Below is a chart that compares our vinyl stickers:
|Durability*||Water & Humidity Resistance||Adhesive Strength||Color Vibrancy||Recommended Uses|
|3 years||Good||High||High||Glass / windows, laptops, car bumpers, promotional products (retail, trade shows, displays, POS)|
|3 years||Good||High||Low||Glass / windows, laptops, car bumpers, promotional products (retail, trade shows, displays, POS)|
|4 - 5 years||Good||High||Very High||Glass / windows, high-end promotional products (retail, trade shows, displays, POS)|
|4 - 5 years||Good||High||Low||Glass / windows, high-end promotional products (retail, trade shows, displays, POS)|
|4 - 5 years||Excellent||Extreme||Very High||Helmets, hard hats, POS, bikes, skateboards, snowboards, plastic, industrial|
|4 - 5 years||Excellent||Extreme||Low||Helmets, hard hats, POS, bikes, skateboards, snowboards, plastic, industrial|
|4 - 7 years||Excellent||Extreme||Very High||POS, industrial, outdoor applications with/without severe conditions|
|3 years||Good||Low||High**||Glass / windows, packaging, promotional products (retail, trade shows)|
|3 years||Good||Low||High**||Glass / windows, packaging, promotional products (retail, trade shows)|
|3 years||Good||Low||Low**||Glass / windows, packaging, promotional products (retail, trade shows)|
|2 months***||Okay||Low||High||Food applications, boxes / packages|
|2 months***||Okay||Low||Very High||Food applications, boxes / packages|
|Varies****||Very Low||Low||High||Food applications, boxes / packages|
*Estimate is based on outdoor exposure. This may vary depending on use and environmental conditions.
**Color vibrancy is dependent on the surface application. See: How do colors show up on transparent stickers?
***Estimate is based on outdoor exposure. After 2 months, colors will start to fade.
****As this stock is made of paper and has no coating, it isn't very durable. It is not waterproof or tear proof, and not recommended for outdoor use.
Can I purchase a printed proof with my stickers order?
We do not offer printed proofs for any of our stickers, but we offer quantities as low as 1.
You may order 1 qty of the sticker you're interested in or order our Stickers Sample Pack before placing an order to see and feel our quality and coatings, and to test the sticker for your application.
What is the smallest sticker you can produce?
The smallest individual easy peel sticker we can produce is 2".
If you require stickers smaller than 2", we recommend choosing 'easy peel' output and then choose 'sheets', as we can produce these as small as 0.5". We offer sheet sizes from 5" x 7" to 9" x 12", and we'll simply take your 1 design and repeat it as many times possible on the sheet size you select.
Note that this "sheets" option is for 1 design only. If you're looking to print multiple designs, please order from our Stickers Sheets product page.
You may also consider our Sticker Rolls as we can print these as small as 0.5". However, keep in mind that our sticker roll stocks, which we offer in 3 types, are different from our other vinyl stickers.
See: Sticker Fast Facts
How long do transparent stickers last?
Are transparent stickers waterproof?
All of our stickers are printed on the strongest vinyl and are therefore waterproof. We use scratch resistant inks so your custom printed design will remain unaffected and last long.
It is important to note that while our stickers can withstand moist conditions, some are more ideal for outdoor and industrial use such as our Permanent Gloss, Permanent Matte and Reflective stickers; and others like our Transparent, Super Gloss / Matte Transparent, and Standard Gloss / Matte are better for light and indoor applications.
We highly recommend ordering our Stickers Sample Pack so you can test them for your needs before ordering.
See: Stickers Fast Facts
Can you print foil on stickers?
Yes, we can print foil on any of our stickers for an additional cost and you can order this via a custom order.
Please contact our Customer Service team and provide complete details of your project
- Sticker stock
- Artwork (foil image and non-foil image)
Can I order samples of your stickers?
Yes! A Sticker Sample Pack can be ordered directly from our Sample Packs page. You'll be able to see, feel and test the quality of our different sticker options before placing an order.
What is the difference between Easy Peel and Classic Cut?
Easy Peel is our premium sticker option that features 2 cuts per sticker. The first cut is in the inside - Light surface cuts are made along the border of your logo / design, cutting through only the sticker (barely "kissing" it) and keeping the paper backing intact. The paper backing will always be larger than the finished size of your sticker and depending on how you create your design, there may be a white border like the photo above. This method allows for the sticker to easily peel off and separate from the paper backing. The second cut is the outer cut and this cut goes all the way through the sticker and paper backing.
Classic Cut is more standard and features a single cut per sticker. The paper backing is the exact same size as your finished sticker. While the peeling process is not as seamless, this sticker style is more cost effective than an Easy Peel sticker.
Can I write on any of your sticker stocks?
Since all of our stickers are vinyl, they can only be written on smoothly using a permanent marker and some drying time is required to avoid smudging.
Our Standard Matte, Super Matte, Permanent Matte and Eco Friendly Soft Matte stickers can be written on using a ballpoint pen, but only in areas where there is no ink. As there are many types of pens, we highly recommend testing our stickers before purchasing to ensure it is suitable for your needs. Order a Stickers sample pack here!
Can I upload more than 1 design on a single order?
We only accept one design for a single order. If you need to print multiple designs, please place multiple orders. Alternatively, you may consider ordering Sticker Sheets as with this option, we can print multiple designs on a single sheet as long as you are able to supply a proper print-ready file.
How do I prepare files with white or metallic silver ink?
If you are ordering Super Gloss Transparent or Super Matte Transparent stickers with white or metallic silver ink, it is imperative that your files are set up properly. The instructions below are for Adobe Illustrator.
Step 1: Create Spot Colors
A couple notes before you get started:
- The names and values need to be input exactly for the correct color to be printed.
- Ensure the fill of the artwork is the desired color, and the stroke is no fill.
For designs with white ink, create a new spot color as listed below and apply it to your your artwork:
For designs with metallic silver ink, create a new spot color as listed below and apply it to your your artwork:
Step 2: Apply the Spot Colors
After you create the required spot colors, apply the spot color to the respective artwork.
Step 3: Review Layers
Make sure your artwork and cutlines are in the proper layers. It is important for the layer names and order to be as follows:
- "Artwork" - place your finished full color / CMYK artwork here. The spot colors are in two separate layers within the Artwork layer.
- "White" - place the white parts of your artwork here.
- "Metallic" - place the metallic silver parts of your artwork here.
Step 4: Save as a PDF
Saved the finished design as a PDF.
A few notes:
- If your sticker will not be kiss cut, then your file will not need a kiss-cut cutline or layer.
Margins - The through cut line should be offset from the kiss cut line by a minimum of 0.2".
Bleed - Bleed is the artwork that extends past the trim line or finished size of your product. If any element of your artwork is designed to be printed to the edge, it must be extended past the trim line and into the bleed area by a minimum of 0.1".
Cut Lines - The stroke of the kiss cut line and through cut line must be a minimum of 0.25pt.
Fine Detail - The finest detail we recommend is 0.5pt line-weight; however, please note that light colors or lines that are not solid (such as dotted lines) should be made thicker.
Image Resolution - All images should be 300 PPI or higher (at 100%). See: Image Quality